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Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - Discussing with patients the pros and cons of medications for borderline glucose values could distract us from more important topics such as lifestyle changes, smoking cessation, and blood pressure control. Time is the most valuable resource in a physician-patient partnership, and there...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p136.html

Should Adults with Prediabetes Be Prescribed Metformin to Prevent Diabetes Mellitus? ...

Aug 1, 2019 - High-quality evidence supports metformin use for diabetes prevention among younger or more obese individuals or for women with a history of gestational diabetes. Clinicians should consider prescribing metformin, in addition to intensive lifestyle interventions, in accordance with ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2019/0801/p134.html

Is "Precision Medicine" Ready to Use in Primary Care Practice? No: It Is Barely Ready ...

Dec 15, 2017 - Precision medicine is ultimately only a tool, and just as it might be used to facilitate better outcomes, if adopted prematurely, it may paradoxically increase inappropriate care. Therefore, primary care physicians must wait for carefully conducted randomized studies to demonstrate ...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/p769.html

Is "Precision Medicine" Ready to Use in Primary Care Practice? Yes: It Offers Patients ...

Dec 15, 2017 - The question that primary care physicians should be considering is not whether precision medicine is ready for prime time in their practices. Rather, they should be considering how they will adjust their practice patterns to the changing landscape of medicine to maximize patient benefit...

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/1215/p767.html

Should Screening Techniques for Colorectal Cancer All Have an 'A' Recommendation? No: ...

May 15, 2017 - The AAFP will continue to evaluate different screening tests as more research becomes available, but currently can endorse only those options that have the strongest evidence that benefits exceed harms.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p618.html

Should Screening Techniques for Colorectal Cancer All Have an 'A' Recommendation? Yes: ...

May 15, 2017 - We need to emphasize the message that regardless of which test is used, patients should get screened for colorectal cancer.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0515/p616.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Hepatitis C? Yes: Screening ...

Jan 1, 2016 - For patients to receive appropriate care for their chronic infection and receive curative treatment, they must first know they are infected, and it all begins with screening.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p15.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Hepatitis C? No: One-time ...

Jan 1, 2016 - Given current scientific uncertainties, limited resources, and evolving guidelines, a reasonable middle ground would be to focus HCV testing and therapy on patients who are most likely to have long-term complications from the infection.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0101/p17.html

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? Yes: ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Cardiovascular screening with ECG is a valid, cost-effective, and worthwhile endeavor in the preparticipation sports evaluation.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p338.html

Should Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Athletes Include ECG? No: There Is ...

Sep 1, 2015 - Although there are many reasons to conduct preparticipation sports examinations, there is insufficient evidence to support cardiac screening with ECG.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0901/p343.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? Yes: Screening for ...

Feb 15, 2015 - With the possible exception of patients with cardiovascular disease, testosterone replacement therapy remains a potentially beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p220.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Testosterone Deficiency in Men? No: Screening May ...

Feb 15, 2015 - Testosterone testing leads to testosterone treatment, which is inappropriate for the vast majority of patients. Testosterone treatment should be reserved for patients who are truly hypogonadal.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0215/p226.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Not ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations should have paid more attention to the inherent uncertainties in risk estimates and the importance of individual patient circumstances and preferences.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p223.html

Should Family Physicians Follow the New ACC/AHA Cholesterol Treatment Guideline? Yes: ...

Aug 15, 2014 - The recommendations appropriately focus treatment on those most likely to benefit.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0815/p212.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? ...

Jul 15, 2014 - When offered to the appropriate population in the appropriate context, CT-based lung cancer screening will reduce the number of deaths caused by this difficult disease.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od2.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen for Lung Cancer in High-Risk Populations? No:...

Jul 15, 2014 - There is still considerable uncertainty about the true magnitude of benefit from annual lung cancer screening, as well as the financial and psychological costs; therefore, the scope of the recommendation should be limited to one of individualized, shared decision making.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0715/od3.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? Yes: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Being able to anticipate and mitigate the potentially adverse outcomes of hospitalization in these patients should be reason enough to screen for cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p861.html

Should Family Physicians Routinely Screen Patients for Cognitive Impairment? No: ...

Jun 1, 2014 - Dementia screening should not be exempt from the requirement that it first be shown to improve outcomes before being implemented in practice.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0601/p864.html

Two Views on the New DSM-5: DSM-5: A Diagnostic Guide Relevant to Both Primary Care and...

Oct 15, 2013 - We are optimistic that by having welcomed an extensive review process and taken active steps to make DSM-5 more applicable to all of medicine, we have generated an approach that signifies a much improved future for the diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od2.html

Two Views on the DSM-5: The Need for Caution in Diagnosing and Treating Mental ...

Oct 15, 2013 - Primary care physicians should not blindly follow DSM-5's lead toward looser psychiatric diagnoses and should exercise much greater caution in the prescription of psychotropic drugs.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1015/od1.html

Is Natural Family Planning a Highly Effective Method of Birth Control? Yes: Natural ...

Nov 15, 2012 - Yes: Natural Family Planning Is Highly Effective and Fulfilling. Natural family planning (NFP) is an effective and fulfilling method of avoiding pregnancy that has developed significantly over the past 80 years.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/od1.html

Should Children with Acute Otitis Media Routinely be Treated with Antibiotics? No: Most...

Oct 1, 2013 - The evidence supports the use of antibiotics only in certain clinical situations and avoidance of antibiotics in certain children with AOM.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/od2.html

Should Children with Acute Otitis Media Routinely Be Treated with Antibiotics? Yes: ...

Oct 1, 2013 - The demonstrated benefits of antibiotic use are an average of one less day of pain and fever, which is about evenly offset by the risk of adverse effects. Benefits warrant discussion with parents for shared decision making regarding treatment.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/1001/od1.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? No: Screening Is Unnecessary,...

Apr 15, 2013 - The evidence remains incomplete, but there are numerous problems with regularly measuring serum vitamin D levels to assess for deficiency.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od2.html

Should Family Physicians Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency? Yes: Targeted Screening in ...

Apr 15, 2013 - Although it is not time for general population-based screening for vitamin D deficiency, we should focus on screening populations at risk of or who have osteoporosis.

American Family Physician : Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0415/od1.html

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